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Unsung heroes recognised at PCC Pride Awards

A local activist from South Bristol, an outstanding karate instructor and a Bath security guard who helped the police catch a prolific offender were amongst those recognised at a PCC Pride Awards ceremony hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.

The awards, which took place on Tuesday 13 August at Police and Fire Headquarters in Portishead, saw the PCC recognise 13 worthy winners with PCC Pride Awards. Recipients and their guests were then invited to have lunch with the PCC and Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen before enjoying a tour of the communications centre where ‘999’ and ‘101’ calls are received.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I always look forward to the Pride Awards as I get to say a big thank you to some truly extraordinary people; people who go about their everyday lives who make a difference to their local community with little or no recognition.

“These awards highlight just some of the very special individuals we have living and working amongst us and their exemplary efforts are hugely appreciated across Avon and Somerset.  It’s important we take the time celebrate these inspirational and selfless individuals who work hard to help keep our communities safe and feeling safe.”

During the afternoon lunch the winners told the PCC what they thought of the day:

Avon and Somerset Police call handler Kate Bobbett answered a 999 call to a distraught parent whose child was not breathing. Thanks to Kate’s calm and professional approach, the young child received the support they needed. Kate said: “It’s nice to be recognised for doing my job. No one expects to be recognised for doing their job.”

Carol Casey, a community activist from South Bristol, is nominated for her vital role in the launch of the Knowle West Health Association and she now chairs the South Bristol Independent Advisory Group (IAG). Carol said: “I want to say a huge thank you to my nominators from the Filwood and Knowle beat team. They are the best neighbourhood team I have worked with and it is a pleasure to work with them on a daily basis. I’m grateful to be recognised for my work in Bristol.”

PCSO Anita Perks supported a vulnerable woman in Eastville whose home had been taken over by drug dealers. However, thanks to Anita, the woman is now settled elsewhere and she is volunteers for a local charity. Anita said: “It is a pleasure to be nominated for the award today. But I cannot take all the credit as it was very much a team effort. Both the charity St Mungo’s and Bristol City Council should be recognised today too as they helped me to achieve such a positive result. It is days like today that remind me why I joined the force.”

Louise, who was supported by PCSO Perks, added: “Anita never gave up on me and I am extremely grateful for her support. Nothing is ever too big or too small for Anita and I am so thankful for her continued support she offers to myself and my mother.”

PC Claire Scarborough supported a young victim of assault and domestic violence. Thanks to her hard work, the young lady, Laila, is now moving schools and has sights on a career in the military. Claire said: “I’m so proud of Laila to see how far she has come. I’m pleased to see she has come out of her abusive relationship and she clearly has a bright future ahead of her.”

Laila, who was supported by PC Claire, added: “I am so grateful for Claire’s help and I would like to say thank you to her for all her support.”

Paul O’Bryan and PC Darren Pearson are nominated for their partnership working when they tackled a spree of anti-social behaviour in Wells. Darren said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our collaborative working. It’s always great to see the outcome of many different agencies working together so effectively.”

Kerun Ford is recognised for his role on the South Gloucestershire Youth Board as he played a vital role in setting up a domestic violence strategy for young people. Kerun said: “I’m very proud of myself for helping people in my local area. I would also like to thank Vanessa and Holly for nominating me for this award and for my dad for driving me. I want to say thank you to my mum, step-mum and siblings for being supportive. It’s great to know I’ve helped lots of people around South Gloucestershire.”

Nick Smith has been a karate instructor in Burnham-on-Sea for over 46 years. Over the years, he has taught 100s of students about the importance of community, respect, discipline and achievement. Nick said: “I feel very humbled to be amongst all of these fantastic individuals. It’s great to receive recognition for my club in Burnham. Hopefully my karate classes have guided young people in the right direction.”

Andy Canning, a security guard in Bath, is nominated for the support he gave police officers as they attempted to catch a fleeing offender and, thanks to Andy, the offender was detained. Andy said: “I was so surprised to even be nominated for the award, let along actually win. It is nice to be recognised for the five years of work alongside the neighbourhood team in Bath.”

David Pendle is Chair for the Bath and North East Somerset IAG. He is recognised for his dedication to the volunteering role and his hard work behind-the-scenes as a ‘quiet hero’ for local people. David said: “It’s nice to be recognised. A lot of people are engaged in society in a variety of ways trying to make things better for others, but it’s nice to be recognised in this particular way.”

Elaine Culley is recognised for her role as an Appropriate Adult and, since she started the role, she has contributed over 500 hours of her own time to support 210 vulnerable people in police custody. Elaine said: “I’m very proud to have been awarded the PCC Pride award. Being an Appropriate Adult is not always a nice job but it is varied. I very much enjoy doing my custody work.”

John Swayne is Chair for the Somerset West IAG. He is nominated for his long-term commitment as a volunteer and support for the Constabulary’s achievements. John said: “I was absolutely flabbergasted to be nominated and felt humbled to receive an award for something that I enjoy doing. The success of Somerset West IAG is down to the members and it’s important to remember that without good members, an IAG is useless. I will share the award with all of them.”

Weston-super-Mare Councillor, Sarah Codling, is nominated for the creation of her new community initiative ‘Ask Community Safety’ website. Sarah said: “I was incredibly honoured to be nominated for a PCC award and it was my absolute pleasure to receive the award. I have worked with police and council colleagues to set up this project as a simple, anonymous way for homeowners to share their concerns and get reliable online information and guidance in response. It is our hope that this pilot will continue in offering an alternative and additional means for residents, the Police and Council to work together to keep our communities safe.”


If you would like to nominate someone for a PCC Pride Awards visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/PCCs-Pride-Awards.aspx

People are encouraged to put names forward as nominations for the PCC’s Pride Awards.  The Awards are open all year round and decisions will be made quarterly.

You can view photos of the ceremony here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aandspcc/albums/72157710302106906


Posted on Wednesday 14th August 2019
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